Archive for May, 2010

Chili’s Responds to TYPHOID FEVER concerns!
May 26, 2010

Good afternoon, 

At Chili’s Grill & Bar, the health and safety of our guests and employees is our top priority. We train all employees in proper food handling and maintain strict standards of quality, safety and cleanliness in our restaurant.

An employee of our restaurant was diagnosed with typhoid fever at the beginning of this month and has been excluded from working. No other guests or employees have been impacted. We have been working closely with the Miami-Dade County Health Department to ensure that this case remains isolated to the individual who was diagnosed. 


Jason W. Carlson

Chili’s Area Director


Cook tests POSITIVE for Typhoid Fever!
May 26, 2010


Bayside Chili’s Workers Tested For Bacterial Infection

 The Miami Dade Health Department launched an investigation after a cook at the Chili’s in Bayside tested positive for typhoid fever.  

According to the health department, 85 employees who work at the restaurant are being tested for the bacterial infection.   In addition, the department put out an alert to area doctors and practitioners, asking them to report anyone who may exhibit symptoms. These include fever, weight loss, diarrhea or constipation.   

 Local 10 has learned the cook was working in the restaurant’s kitchen when he became weak and disoriented. Investigators said when he told Chili’s management, they immediately sent him for medical attention.  A co-worker, who did not want to be identified, said the cook had been feeling bad for days. Cases of typhoid fever are rare. On average, only three cases are reported in all of Miami-Dade County each year.  “We have established he was working at the time he was contagious,” said Dr. Vincent Conte of the Florida Department of Health.  Health officials told Local 10’s Jeff Weinsier that since they only have one conformed case, at this point they are not considering an outbreak.  However, many of those infected may have no symptoms at all, but are still capable of infecting others.  Health officials said typhoid fever is usually brought in from other countries.  “Someone goes to the bathroom and they don’t wash their hands adequately. Then they process food. The food gets ingested by someone else and the cycle continues,” Conte said.  Even though samples from co-workers haven’t come back, the restaurant on the second floor of the popular downtown complex remains open.  “I’m comfortable at this point and time with the restaurant being opened,” Conte said. “If we had additional cases, we’d have to take further steps with the restaurant.”  At this point, health department officials said no customers have reported being ill.  Their concern is that Bayside is a large tourist destination, and many people who have eaten at the restaurant may have left town.  Local 10 has also learned the cook in question left the country to seek treatment elsewhere. He cannot come back to work until he is cleared by the state, which means three consecutive negative stool samples.Test results for the restaurant’s other employees may be back by the end of the week.   

Typhoid fever can be treated with antibiotics.   

In the late 19th century, typhoid fever mortality rate in Chicago averaged 65 per 100,000 people a year. The worst year was 1891, when the death rate was 174 per 100,000 people.   

The most notorious carrier of typhoid fever – but by no means the most destructive – was also known as Typhoid Mary, a cook at a New York restaurant. In 1907, she became the first American carrier to be identified and traced. She was associated with 53 cases and three deaths.   

Public health authorities told Mary to give up working as a cook or have her gall bladder removed. Mary quit her job, but later returned under a false name . She was detained after another typhoid outbreak. After 26 years in quarantine, she died of pneumonia.   

In 1897, Almroth Edward Wright developed an effective vaccine. In 1909, Frederick F. Russell, a United States. Army physician, developed an American typhoid vaccine. Two years later, Russell’s vaccination program became the first in which an entire army was immunized. It eliminated typhoid as a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. military.   

Most developed countries saw declining rates of typhoid fever throughout the first half of the 20th century thanks to vaccinations and advances in public sanitation and hygiene.     

Antibiotics were introduced in clinical practice in 1942, greatly reducing mortality. Today, incidence of typhoid fever in developed countries is around 5 cases per 1,000,000 people per year.   

May 26, 2010

The restaurants below were ordered shut by an Inspector with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation last week..


Jerry & Joe’s Pizza/4799 Palm Avenue/Hialeah/RODENT ACTIVITY

Angie’s Cafe/10 N.E. 2nd Avenue/Miami/RODENT ACTIVITY

Restaurant Chinolandia/311 S.W. 12th Avenue/Miami/ROACH ACTIVITY

Las Culebrinas in Hialeah/4590 West 12 Avenue/Hialeah/ROACH ACTIVITY

Tuesday @ 11 on Local 10.
May 25, 2010

Typhoid Fever in a South Florida restaurant kitchen!

Youa wanna cleana PIZZERIA?
May 20, 2010

 There are close to 1,000 Pizzerias in South Florida! Local 10 did some digging and found several restaurants that had ZERO, NADA, NO VIOLATIONS during their last inspection with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation… Thumbs up!

 Zio’s Pizzeria
4370 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale





The Pizza Place Sports Bar/5701 Sunset Drive K-04/South Miami

Spizzigo Pizza Gelato/11402 N.W. 41st/Miami

Rey Pizza /6781 West 12th Avenue/Hialeah

Pizza Fusion/14815 Biscayne Blvd./North Miami

Pop’s Pizza/3623 N.W.36th Street/Miami

Casa Roma/255 S.W. 8th Street/Miami

Domino’s Pizza /1426 Alton Road/Miami Beach

Domino’s Pizza/13417 S.E. 56 Street/Miami

Domino’s Pizza/6544 Collins Avenue/Miami

Dominos Pizza/133 S.W. 107 Avenue /Sweetwater

Domino’s Pizza/5877 Ponce De Leon Blvd./Coral Gables

Domino’s  Pizza/180 Crandon Blvd./Key Biscayne

Fast Pizza/989 S.W. 4th Street/ Miami

Gables Juice Bar and Pizza/230 Almeria/Coral Gables

Gino’s Pizza 1608 Alton Road/Miami Beach

Gusto’s Pizza and Subs/401 Biscayne Blvd/Miami

Jerry and Joe’s/ 3792 West 12th Avenue/Hialeah

Kongo’s Pizza/7250 West 24th Avenue/Hialeah

Little Caesar’s/ 9021 Biscayne Blvd./Miami

Luna Corner Pizza One/6815 Biscayne Blvd./Miami

California Pizza Kitchen/Miami International Concourse E/Miami

Cici’s Pizza /410 West 49th Street/Hialeah

California Pizza Kitchen/ 300 Miracle Mile/Coral Gables

Mona Lisa Pizza and Subs/4751 S.W. 8th Street/Miami

Pizza Hut/Miami International Concourse F 2nd level/Miami

Pizza Hut 102/American Airlines Arena/601 Biscayne Blvd./Miami

Pizza Hut 113/American Airlines Arena

Pizza Hut 309/American Airlines Arena

Pizza Hut /5731 N.W. 36th Street/Virginia Gardens

Pizza Hut/8900 Biscayne Blvd./Miami Shores

Pizza Hut/ 1801 East 4th Avenue/Hialeah

Pizza Hut/ 6500 S.W. 8th Street/ Miami

Pizza Hut/ 3830 S.W. 8th Street/ Miami

Pizza Hut/ 13870 S.W. 8th Street/Miami

Pizza Hut /28640 South Dixie Highway/Homestead

Pizza Hut/ 1213 West 44 Place/Hialeah

Pizza Hut Delivery/13715 N.W. 7Th Avenue/North Miami

Pizza Hut Delivery/12699 N.E.6th Avenue/North Miami

Pizza Hut Take Out/1529 S.W. 8th Street/Miami

Polo Norte Pizza/8531 N.W. 186th Street/Miami 

Que Pizza/ 1701 West Flagler Street/Miami

Sia’s Pizza Place/1360 N.E. 163rd Street/North Miami Beach

T Top Pizza.10481 S.W. 88th Street/Miami

Taco Bell/Pizza Hut /1350 N.E. 87 Avenue/Miami

Tangos Pizza/12310 S.W. 127th Avenue/Miami

Tutto Pizza/1753 S.W. 3rd Avenue/ Miami

Venezia Pizza Café/ 6646 Collins Avenue/Miami Beach

Villa Pizza/Miami International Concourse D/Miami

Vocelli Pizza/ 3115 N.E. 163rd  Street/North Miami Beach

Yummy Yamys Pizza 15725 S.W. 72nd Street/ Miami

Randazzo Little Italy/375 Miracle Mile/Coral Gables

Famous Famiglia Pizzeria/Miami International South Terminal/Miami

Jerry & Joe’s /1772 West 68th Street/Hialeah

La Fortuna Pizzeria/10783 N.W. 58th Street/Miami

Salvatore Pizzeria/1550 West 84th Street/Hialeah

Big Cheese of Homestead/350 North Homestead Blvd./Homestead


Esposito’s Pizza/2221 South University Drive/Davie

Empire Pizza Café/15 North Federal Highway/Fort Lauderdale

Anna’s Italian Restaurant/7658 North Nob Hill Road/Tamarac

Carrabba’s Italian Grill/2501 University Drive/Coral Springs

Mama Mia Italian Restaurant/1818 South Young Circle/Hollywood

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant/1800 North Federal Highway/Hollywood

Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen/8000 West Broward Blvd./Plantation

Annies Pizza/11348 Wiles Road/Coral Springs

Cozzoli’s Pizza/4961 Sheridan Street/Hollywood

Domino’s Pizza/3416 North Ocean Blvd./Fort Lauderdale

Domino’s Pizza/8038 Wiles Road/Coral Springs

Domino’s Pizza/4481 Weston Road/Weston

Domino’s Pizza/3415 Hiatus Road/Sunrise

Downtown Pizza/1831 East Sample Road/Pompano Beach

Extreme Pizza/3448 Red Road/Miramar

Ferro Pizza Restaurant/8146 North University Drive/Tamarac

Galaxy Pizza/3200 North Federal Highway/Fort Lauderdale

Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza/17099 Pines Blvd./Pembroke Pines

Giant Pizza/7019 Taft Street/Hollywood

Giovanni’s Pizza of Coral Springs/6291 West Sample Road/Coral Springs

Joe Jamz Pizza/320 South Federal Highway/Hollywood

Mannino’s Pizza/171 South State Road 7/Margate

Maria’s Pizza and Pasta/7168 North University Drive/Fort Lauderdale

Miami Subs Pizza and Grill/828 West Oakland Park Blvd./Fort Lauderdale

New River Pizza/706 South Federal Highway/Fort Lauderdale

Papa John’s/2785 North Andrews Avenue/Wilton Manors

Papa John’s/4309 Hollywood Blvd./Hollywood

Papa John’s/218 South Federal Highway/Pompano Beach

Papa John’s/11933 West Sunrise Blvd./Sunrise

Papa John’s/2080 North University Drive/Pembroke Pines

Papi’s NY Pizza/6872 Powerline Road/Fort Lauderdale

Pizza Hut/11316 State Road 84/Davie

Pizza Hut Delivery/1328 S.W. 160th Avenue/Sunrise

Pizza U.S.A. of Pompano/2900 West Sample Road/Pompano Beach

Pompano Pizza/1606 South Cypress Road/Pompano Beach

Renaissance Italian Pizza, Subs and Salad/112 North 46th Avenue/Hollywood

Rocco’s Pizza/8971 Pembroke Road/Hollywood

Umberto’s Pizza/3051 East Commercial Blvd./Fort Lauderdale

Villa Rose Pizza/1114 North State Road 7/Hollywood

Vito’s Gourmet Pizza/6212 North Federal Highway/Fort Lauderdale

Vocellis Pizza/6649 Taft Street/Hollywood

Big Louie’s Pizzeria/3064 North Andrews Avenue/Wilton Manors

Big Louie’s Pizzeria/2190 North Federal Highway/Pompano Beach

Goodfellas Brooklyn Finest Pizza/10603 West Atlantic Blvd./Coral Springs

Roberto’s/4221 North Pine Island Road/Sunrise

Papa John’s 4700 North Federal Highway/Fort Lauderdale


Tower of Pizza/81645 Overseas Highway/Islamorada

Pizza Hut/9981 Overseas Highway/Marathon

May 18, 2010

Last week the restaurants below were ordered SHUT by an Inspector with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.


 Lucky Day Cafe/1500 Bertha Street/Key West/RODENT ACTIVITY

Restaurante Delicias La Cabana/1442 West 49 Street/Hialeah/ROACH ACTIVITY

Some viewer E-MAIL
May 16, 2010




Good Morning Sir, Absolutely great show by Jeff last night. Along with your dirty dining shows, this is a twist that has that “good feeling” about it when you watch, as well as informing viewers WHERE they can be confident in the eatery. I watched as I’m sure thousands did and I’m sure I came away with the same thoughts they did, that this occasional showing of “good places” is a GREAT addition to the dirty dining series. WELL DONE addition and Jeff accomplished it great as usual. Wayne 



Fani Gilbert   


Dearest Jeff,  

I love your reports on dining, but your report on clean dining got my attention, can you please send me the names of the restaurants you mentioned last nite I would like to check them out. Your reporting is wonderful. 


Fani Gilbert 




That is fabulous. I will definitely support the clean Asian restaurants in my area. Will look forward to more of these for other restaurants !!! 



State says they are CLEAN!
May 13, 2010




 Because many of the restaurants ordered shut by the state happen to be Chinese, I get asked that question just about EVERY day. The answer is YES, plenty.  We took a look at the latest inspections of most Asian restaurants in South Florida. The ones below had NO violations during their last inspection. Again this is information based on the latest inspection.




New China Buffet/940 N.E. 163rd Street/North Miami Beach

China Steak House II/4262 West 12th Street/Hialeah

China City/4793 N.W. 167th Street/Opa-Locka

Casa China/6500 West 4th Ave/Hialeah

China China/20505 South Dixie Highway/Miami

Manchu Wok/1-Mia-D Miami International Airport/Miami

Canton Chinese/2624 Ponce De Leon Blvd./Coral Gables

Chanlowe Chinese/78 Canal Street/Miami Springs

China Farm Chinese/1211 71st Street/Miami Beach(formerly on Dirty Dining List)

Chinese Oriental Food/312  N.E. 8th street/Homestead(mobile unit)

Chong Chinese Seafood/2772  S.W .8th Street/Miami

Chong’s Chinese/1164  West Flagler/Miami

South Sea Chinese/222  67th Street/Miami Beach

Halal Pizza and Asian Cusine/Miami

Pei Wei Asian Diner/15519 N.W. 67th Avenue/Miami Lakes

Pei Wei Asian Diner/13616 North Kendall Drive/Miami



Asahi City 23 Japanese and Thai/2364 North Federal Highway/Fort Lauderdale

Cha-baa Thai and Japanese/6316 North Powerline Road/Fort Lauderdale

Tobo Japanese/6287 West Sample Road/Coral Springs

Wasabi Japanese/10032 Pines Blvd./Pembroke Pines

Bamboo Garden III/10041 Pines Blvd./Pembroke Pines

Golden Crown Chinese/2410 North Federal Highway/Hollywood

Gou Lou Cheong Chinese/4139 North State Road 7/Lauderdale Lakes

Hong Wo Chinese/3699 West Davie Road Extension/Hollywood

Lucky Express Chinese/2321 North State Road 7/Hollywood

Ming Wah Chinese/7148 North Nob Hill Road/Tamarac

Tien Tien/9975 Miramar Parkway/Miramar

Hunan Wok/3355 Sheridan Street/Hollywood

Sarku Japan/11401 Pines Blvd/Pembroke Pines

China Star/3251 Hollywood Blvd./Hollywood

China China/736 East Mc Nab Road/Pompano Beach

China A/811 East Commercial Blvd./Oakland Park

East Fusion Buffet/2101 North University Drive/Coral Springs

Asian Kitchen/5021 South State Road 7/Davie


Cheng Garden Chinese/10143 Overseas Highway/Key Largo

Indian Palate Coral Gables
May 11, 2010

Indian Palate
2120 Salzedo Street
Coral Gables




Critical. Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on site and held more than 24 hours with not properly date marked.

Critical. Working containers of food removed from original container not identified by common name.

Critical. Working containers of food removed from original container not identified by common name.

Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Critical. Potentially hazardous food not held at 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above.

Critical. Cold holding equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures.

Critical. Self-service salad bar/buffet lacking adequate sneezeguards or other proper protection from contamination.

Critical. Observed improper vertical separation of raw animal foods and ready-to-eat foods.

Critical. Observed uncovered food in holding unit/dry storage area.

Critical. Observed improper use of bowl/plastic food container or other container with no handle used to dispense food that is not ready-to-eat.

Observed in-use utensil stored in standing water less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.

Critical. Observed soiled reach-in cooler gaskets

Critical. Observed interior of microwave soiled.

Critical. Observed encrusted material on can opener.

Critical. Hot water not provided/shut off at employee hand wash sink.

Critical. No handwashing sign provided at a handsink used by food employees

Critical. Hand wash sink lacking proper hand drying provisions.

Critical. Observed roach activity as evidenced by 80 plus live roaches found in the kitchen.

Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers. 

Observed unnecessary items on the premise

Critical. No proof of required employee training provided. All public food service establishments must provide the division with proof of employee training upon request, including, but not limited to, at the time of any division inspection of the establishment.


May 11, 2010

Last week, just one place was ordered shut in all of South Floirda!


 Modelo Take Out/4488 East 10th Court/Hialeah/ROACH and RODENT ACTIVITY